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A President You Could Drink a Beer With. After He Called You Stupid, Anyway

This is a smart, if unorthodox, move: Barack Obama is going to have Skip Gates and Sgt. Jim Crowley, the officer who arrested Gates, over to the White House for a beer. My only quibble is that the White House really isn't the place for this sort of thing. This requires some real bar atmosphere. A good jukebox. Possibly some cheap pours of Maker on the rocks. I'd suggest they go to the Raven.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 3:32 PM ET
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Great. This is exactly what I'd hoped Obama would do. It would be wonderful to have an example of adults behaving like adults and resolving their disputes -- and particularly nice in the context of race, where people seem to polarize so quickly.

Posted by: davestickler | July 24, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Cheap pours of Maker" is sort of an oxy-moron, sort of like Hillary Clinton doing a shot of Crown to prove her working class cred. Obama should be downing the stuff that comes in a plastic bottle.

Posted by: NicholasBeaudrot | July 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No they should go to Dan's Cafe.

Posted by: senorgibson | July 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

we should all sit down as a nation, all at the same time, regardless of time zone, and have a beer or beverage of choice. Perhaps in lieu of the national day of prayer. "national sip of beer," "national day of prayer," they almost rhyme.

Posted by: bdballard | July 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This was an unforced error by Obama at the worst possible time. Still, this is a smart move: shuts up the media and GOP while making Obama look normal and "non-threatening" (with all its racial undertones) to people like my grandparents.

Now let's all thank God the police officer isn't acting like Joe the Plumber Part II and dragging this thing out even more.

Posted by: Chris_ | July 24, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I second that the White House is a bit too formal for this kind of thing. And there are plenty of bars in Boston/Cambridge, so I don't see why both he and Gates should have to fly to DC for this...

Posted by: bluegrass1 | July 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how the two guys are going to get to the White House (and back home). A gov't plane to pick them up, with Secret Service? What if they argue on the plane?

Gates doesn't seem like the beer type, and who knows for Crowley. Does the WH have a broad supply of different stuff, and someone who can make a Mojito the right way? Will one of the two get arrested for drunk and disorderly after the event? What if Bo, the First Dog, bites one of the two?

So many questions....

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | July 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Crowley is the one who suggested the White House get-together. I guess he figures if he's getting so much press he might as well make the most of it.

Posted by: bluegrass1 | July 24, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting move. Either this whole issue blows over with Obama looking sensible OR this guy is not moved by the overture and Obama has created the next Joe the Plumber. At a minimum this guy probably stays in the news for a while. The phone call was probably enough but who knows...

Posted by: phillycomment | July 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

this is going to work out great!!!!!!

i think next to the white house rose garden, they should plant an olive tree grove, in president obama's honor.

Posted by: jkaren | July 24, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"we should all sit down as a nation, all at the same time, regardless of time zone, and have a beer or beverage of choice."

Best suggestion ever!
Lets get on with it and make it a day of American citizens day

Posted by: FebM | July 25, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

He didn't call him 'stupid', he said he 'acted stupidly'. Criticizing the action instead of labeling the person is an example of the sort of genius Obama possesses- and the mostly clueless Klein lacks.

Posted by: staticvars | July 26, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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